Thursday, November 17, 2016

Study: Most people would rather have Wi-Fi than sex, chocolate or alcohol

"Wi-Fi is not only the most popular method of internet connectivity, it has surpassed many other human luxuries and necessities," said Pat Hume, Chief Commercial Officer at iPass. "The idea that Wi-Fi would be considered more important than sex, alcohol and chocolate would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. For some time now, the internet has appeared on the bottom line of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, almost as a longstanding joke in geek culture. Recently, the idea has gone mainstream."

The reason behind Wi-Fi's growing favour, it seems, is the impact it has had on our daily lives. Apparently, unlike sex, sweets and booze, the proliferation of internet connectivityseems to have had a largely positive effect, with three-quarters of respondents saying Wi-Fi had improved their quality of life.

Via Drudge: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/most-people-would-rather-have-wi-fi-sex-chocolate-alcohol-study-finds-1591644

17 comments:

ndspinelli said...

Well. You can use Wi-Fi the purchase sex, chocolate and alcohol.

chickelit said...

What about having WiFi vs. money? Did anyone ask that one?

ricpic said...

There's a certain quietness necessary to the great thought discoveries - be they in philosophy or art or science - that is less accessible than it was before Wi-Fi, especially to the young who haven't been allowed to learn quietness due to the constant static they were born into. In that sense Wi-Fi has not improved life. Although it's futile to make such a complaint since there's no going back.

Sixty Grit said...

Last night I took my dog out for a walk. I heard barred owl caterwauling for the first time in a month. Wait, what's this - they are getting closer! Owls caterwauling while in flight - dang, they are getting close!

Thanks to the post-full moon I was for the first time in my life able to see barred owls in flight - they flew into my yard, one lit in my spruce tree, the other in my crab apple tree. They were only about 15 feet from me, I kept my dog quiet - as she was really interested in what all that racket was about. We remained still and the owls kept conversing in their owlish language and I was thankful for a clear sky, a bright moon and random chance. What a treat. Then the owls moved on, heck, there are mice and rats to catch, and the it was time for silent hunting.

edutcher said...

N o, I don't need to have the world in my hip pocket 24/7.

Lem said...

You can steal money but you can't steal wifi.

john said...

I don't see the issue here, unless you define sex the old fashion way (ie between 2 people).

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Sixty, I am always amazed when an owl flies by at night. The silence of their wings is...well disquieting.

And I love it too when I can hear them calling.

Getting out more beats wi-fi.

Lem said...

LOL John

deborah said...

What riccy ticcy tavi said. We are undergoing a cultural sea change. I play cards with adults and teens who will sit with their iphones on the table scrolling through it in between deals. Actually, one teen will engage the iphone during play. How will interpersonal relationships morph? What's the worst that could happen? What is a good-case scenario?

I've been thinking a lot about it, and I can see how the Net saves time as it also divides attention. I look at amazon, with it's amazing sourceage and rating system while listening to lectures. I watch programs by the bushelful; high-quality and varied. I can get lost in wiki following links, then doubling back through, reading, until I arrive at the original article.

Rabel said...

Wi-Fi connectivity provider releases study claiming people think Wi-Fi is better than sex. Pull the other one.

deborah said...

It's weird wording, anyway. Sex, you might have once or more a week. Wi-fi is continual and has become a utility like electricity, really. Cable is going bye-bye rather soon, I think.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

deborah, I sometimes do that too, but fortunately my hooves make that type of obnoxious iphone scrolling harder to do.

deborah said...

:) I can see how that would be problematic for your fellow players.

ndspinelli said...

Sixty, I LOVE quiet. And, being an uber introvert, noise is torture for me. Last weekend we moved from our home of 33 years. It was in a development built in the 1970's. The village of Cottage Grove was a farming community that evolved into a Madison bedroom community starting in the late 80's, after we moved there[1983]. Insidiously, the noise increased. We are now living in a townhouse outside the Twin Cities. The development was touted as "very quiet." Well, that is very true. I don't hear ANYTHING. Although I certainly understand the beauty of hearing an owl, and can abide their subtle sound, I even hate the noise from birds. Seagulls, crows, blue jays, cranes..fuck them all. Mourning doves and pigeons are acceptable. Although we love San Diego in the winter, the noise is a problem for me.

Leland said...

Screw it. Work harder and have it all. It's the American way! Seriously, is there anyone here that can't acquire all 4 without much trouble?

Sixty Grit said...

@Leland, yeah, we can, but that's because we are Americans, not Brits.